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Rescued Orchid

This is a discussion on Rescued Orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Today one of my co-workers who knows that I am fond of orchids passed on ...

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    Today one of my co-workers who knows that I am fond of orchids passed on a phal that is in pretty rough shape. Upon further inspection I found that all except one root was dead and rotting. My guess is she over watered it (considering how soaked the potting material was in the original pot when I pulled it out). The viable root appears to be in decent shape: velamin and green growing tip. The leaves are completly flacid (the best descriptive word I can come up with). So, any chance that I can help this thing out? If possible, what do I do for it in my orchid ICU? The steps I have already taken: repotted with new potting material, situated in the same lighting my other very healthy phals are growing in.

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    I,ve rescued a few rootless wonders & i have always placed them in slightly less light than the healthy ones.I mist what aerial roots are left daily in the morning.Higher humidty would be an asset as well.

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    High humidity is very important, you have to keep those leaves from wilting until the plant can grow new roots. You can try putting the plant, pots and all, into a clear plastic bag. Sort of creating a mini greenhouse for the plant.

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    If the Phal only has one healthy root left, you have to be careful not to repot it in a container that's too big. Otherwise it will take ages for the medium to dry out resulting in that the last root will rot as well.

    I've rescued several phals by using the sphag & bag method or by just placing them in a little pot with sphag.
    If you'd like to know more about the sphag & bag, try the forum search function. It will give you tons of info about it.

    Good luck!

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    So it has been about a week. The phal has lost one of its bottom leaves (the oldest, most droopy one on the plant) . The newer leaves are still rather floppy, however I have notived that there is some "rigidity" to the centres of the plant. In this case where the leaves haven't been getting any water thanks to the lack of a substantial root system, is that the best I can expect for recovery for these leaves (the new one's I would hope would be vibrant and healthy if recovery is complete).

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    I like Dana's idea of using a small pot (clay preferably) with some sphagmum moss...make sure you use the long fibered kind, and not peat moss...Let the moss almost dry out completely before you water again...

    One word of advice...Friends and co-workers will often unload orchids on you after they have finished blooming, or are in bad shape. You can waste a lot of time and emotional involvment trying to nurse these back to health. The same holds true for homestore plants that have been severly neglected and marked down. Beware the free or bargained priced plant! Coaxing healthy orchids to bloom can be enough of a challenge...nursing sick ones back to health can be draining. Experienced growers know when to say when, and a quick toss in the trash can save you months of worry and doubt...

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